Great group! I'm looking to train to run a half marathon. I'm already pretty fit, but not in an endurance kind of way. Are there any resources, diabetic or no, that people found/find useful?
I recently joined Phrendo, which as a lot of marathoners on it, but it's not super active yet.
Hi Ruth! How exciting and fun. There are many online resources. You can check out NIKERUNNING.COM which has helpful guides on training schedules. Also, you can go to your local running store and pick the brain of the people who work there. Often times they have training groups which you can join. Good luck!
I had started running and my aunt, with whom I the Chicago Marathon last year, got me Jeff Galloway's book that was of use, to just sort of organize my head about running, using different gaits, how to run up and down hills, etc. Things that seem obvious but little details ("lower your arms and lengthen your stride going downhill will make up time you lose going uphill...") helped or made me think they helped? I like his food advice, generally to disregard the "load up" plan? Re running, I pretty much ran nore on the weekends and sort of kept pushing it out another mile or so every week or two? The first time I ran a 1/2 was in April, near Chicago, so the winter training was sort of weather dependent, ok conditions= more miles?
You may want to check Missy Foy's website (though not geared toward a half - she does have some tips on training and her race day diabetes strategy), plus some of your local "IN" crowd should be able to provide some insight (Nate Spencer did Boston earlier this year and I think there are several others from the Boston area that he could put you in touch with). Bobby Mcgee has a couple books and videos (not geared toward diabetics) that focus on training, training plans, drills, etc. for various distances (running and tri's). Hope that helps some - good luck in your first half!
I had very good luck with the half marathon training plans that you can get for free from Runners World (http://smartcoach.runnersworld.com/smartcoach). Just put in a recent race time, when your event is, and how much training volume you currently do, and you'll get a nicely personalized plan. No frills, but it helped get me to the finish line New Bedford last year.
i like halhigdon.com he has good free generic training plans for various levels and distances. go check them out. is phrendo w/ glucomotion and triabetes? both are good diabetic teams
Thanks so much for the tips- now I have lots of research to do. Oh, and to answer your question Joe_h, yes, Phrendo is the online network of Insulindependence, which includes tributes and glucomotion. It's not a super active site yet.
I have dreams of finding other active diabetics in Western Mass, but it isn't easy!
Thanks again all!
It sounds as though we both are looking for the same thing! I just signed up for a half marathon (my first as well) and I am also a pretty fit person. I am not familiar with Phrendo and am looking for advice on how to maintain a stable BS on really long runs plus what kind of supplies diabetics carry on them when they are out on such long runs.
Good luck on your training! I am looking to run my half in October. Do you have a race picked out yet?
I'm leaning towards the Cape Cod Half on October. I figure the weather will be cool. I'm looking for a court that's fairly flat for this first one. So I suppose temperature, proximity and terrain constitute my criteria.
Is that how you/others are choosing?
I also don't think I'll care too much about timing/competition aspects. I'm just looking to do the thing!
There are lots of recommendations about carrying bags on this forum...